This post is part of our “Dear E.B.” series, in which Mercer’s very own advice columnist (“E.B.,” for Employee Benefits) responds to questions concerning health and well-being that are on the minds of employees across the country.
I am two months pregnant and have a previous history of miscarriages, so my doctor is considering me a high-risk pregnancy. I’m in a high-deductible health plan so I’m really worried about costs, but I want to make sure I get the highest quality of care for me and my baby. I’m also really worried about how this pregnancy is going to affect my job. Can we have a confidential discussion? I would be interested to know if I am eligible for any paid time-off benefits -- and if I take it, will my manager hold my job for me?
Overwhelmed Future New Mom
Dear Future Mom,
First off, congratulations on your pregnancy! Your employer has some great programs in place that will provide you with paid time off and job protection -- and help you reassess your future family’s needs. And you can access them all through a single telephone call to the benefits line of the insurance company your employer works with. Here’s what will happen when you call:
Congratulations again on your pending new family!
Advice by Kenneth Jeffries, a consultant in Mercer’s Richmond office.